Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

Many readers will recall the October 2005 homicides of former local residents Dennis and Norma Woodruff. Their daughter, Charla, was attending SAU at the time. The Woodruffs were murdered at their Royce City, TX, home. Their son, Brandon Dale Woodruff, received two life-without-parole sentences for the crime. A new documentary, “Texas Justice: Brandon Woodruff,” suggests that he did not kill his parents and that there were other plausible suspects. The film’s producers have presented a petition to Texas state officials seeking a retrial.

Jack and Donna Bennett have retired from the operation of the Dairy Queen in Magnolia. Other family members will become more involved in its operation. The Bennetts will concentrate on their passion for flipping houses.

A friend sent a note to encourage awareness about a new Arkansas law that makes the purchase and possession of tobacco/vaping products illegal for individuals under 21.

We can’t give you a direct link for legal reasons, but we can tell you that on August 25, the Modern Farmer website posted an article by Erica Sweeney headlined, “Arkansas taps teens’ social media savvy to advocate for $6 billion rice industry.” It examines the experience of Belle Richardson, 17, of Bluffton who is taking part in the Arkansas Rice Federation’s Arkansas Rice Reps Program. She has been sharing through social media her interaction with the rice industry. She plans to attend SAU.

The paths our life could have taken. We spent $150 for a printer and will spend thousands of dollars for ink cartridges during its lifetime. Wish we could have come up with and patented that idea. Another idea involves bottles of canned air, labeled as “dust remover.” The first time we saw bottled air shrink-wrapped inside a three-bottle pack, we commented to a co-worker that we hoped the person who came up with the idea got named “Employee of the Month.”

It’s been a little more than two years since North Jackson Street from Columbia to SAU was resurfaced. At the time, the street was four lanes. It was reconfigured to two lanes with a continuous turn lane, and bicycle lanes were added next to the curbs. Our new online poll asks readers what they think about the change now that some time has passed since its implementation. At present, about two-thirds of responding readers say they don’t like the change. The change has had the effect of slowing down traffic on North Jackson, which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending upon your personal view.

We really didn’t mean to take a three-day hiatus from writing this column but other things intervened.

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com. Email him at news@magnoliareporter.com or call him at 870-904-3865.

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